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Evangel works with Southern Missouri District to help ministerial students through credentialing process

April 18, 2014 | Paul Logsdon

David Krstevski will be graduating from Evangel University on May 2 with a broadcast major and a digital arts minor. He feels well prepared for his professional career, and as a bonus, he is earning ministerial credentials with the Southern Missouri District of the Assemblies of God.

Krstevski grew up working with his father’s television broadcast, Shining Light Ministries, in N.Y. and Canada. The Evangel broadcast degree gives him the tools he feels that he needs to communicate with a digital generation.

Last fall, David found out that Evangel offered an Assemblies of God credentialing class that enables all students, regardless of major, to obtain a ministerial license with the fellowship.

“Between my coursework and the seminar, I am thrilled to have met the requirements for this next step in my preparation for what God has called me to do,” said Krstevski. He plans to enroll at AGTS in the fall.

Partnership with the So. Mo. District

“Years ago, the Southern Missouri District determined that we wanted to do our very best to serve the students that come to Springfield,” said Rev. Don Miller, district superintendent.

“We went to the campus of CBC to create a bridge between the district office and the school, and to assist students with the credentialing process. Once we realized that many students at Evangel were preparing for vocational ministry, we began working there as well,” said Miller.

Evangel offers the semester-long “AG Credentialing Seminar” course to seniors who have completed the university’s core curriculum. It takes students through the process of application, pre-interview, test preparation and more.

“The seminar is a service to our students,” said Dr. Brandon Schmidly, assistant professor of philosophy.

“It makes the process more convenient for them, because they can complete the testing and interviews as part of their regular coursework. When someone leaves campus, it’s too easy to get busy and never complete the credentialing process. The seminar helps avoid that.”

After successful completion, students are eligible to receive a pastoral license with the Southern Missouri District.

“We hold students to the highest standards of qualification in the Southern Missouri District, assuring they are called by God for ministry,” emphasized Miller.

“Years ago, The Executive Presbytery of the AG determined that the core bible classes at all AG schools, including Evangel, was sufficient for the certification level of credentials,” said Miller. “Recently, with the additional content of Evangel’s credentialing seminar, it has been determined that those EU students meet the academic requirements for a ministerial license.”

Understanding the call

There are a lot of students at Evangel like Krstevski — he understands the concept of vocational ministry, and he understands that students also need to be prepared for a career that supports their ministry.

“I am still seeking God’s direction. I know I am called… I am excited to see where that calling takes me.” For now, he is a writer, a videographer and a preacher who has a passion for youth and missions.

“At Evangel, we strongly believe that everyone has a ministry role to fulfill, regardless of major, be it business, science, education or multimedia,” Schmidly said. “So it makes sense that everyone, regardless of major, has the potential of being credentialed with the Assemblies of God.”

This spring, 18 students completed the seminar at Evangel. Those students took the exam alongside the church ministry/youth ministry majors who were taking it as part of their capstone course.

“We understand that 60-70 percent of the students we credential will transfer their credentials out of the Southern Missouri District immediately after graduation,” said Miller. “Still, we are thankful to have the opportunity of being a part of these first steps in ministry.”

Valorie Coleman and Paul K. Logsdon contributed to this story. For more information on the credentialing seminar, contact Dr. Brandon Schmidly.

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